Vehicles stuck in traffic jam in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area on March 5.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Vehicles stuck in traffic jam in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area on March 5.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Car owners may have to pay to use 21 congested Delhi roads

No time frame has been set about when the congestion fee will kick in.
By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 09:35 AM IST

The national Capital may soon become the first city in India to levy a toll on vehicles entering congested roads, several senior government officials familiar with the development said.

Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, along with stake-holders such as the three municipal corporations and the Union urban affairs ministry, has zeroed in on 21 stretches in the Capital where congestion tax could be imposed in a bid to ease traffic and check pollution, two of the officials quoted above said.

The 21 stretches include the corridor between Aurobindo Chowk and Andheria More, Nehru Place flyover to Modi Mills flyover, areas around Hauz Khas metro station on the Outer Ring Road, the ITO intersection, and parts of Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, Mathura Road and Pusa Road, among others.

No time frame has been set about when the congestion fee will kick in. How much tax will be levied on which category of vehicle, and how it will be implemented are yet to be worked out as well.

“The LG has suggested a plan. I support the LG’s initiative 100%. It (congestion tax) will happen not only in Delhi but eventually everywhere across the country because the way vehicles are growing, it has become unsustainable,” Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Hindustan Times in an interview on March 7.

The stretches that have been picked are part of the 29 congestion points in the Capital that had been identified last year following a high court direction to Delhi government to come up with measures to ease traffic congestion.

“Modalities such as how much will be the tax and how it will be implemented, whether it will be through a payment card, etc are yet to be worked out. Also, any new tax will require legislative approval, which takes time,” said Ranbir Singh, the east Delhi municipal commissioner.

The head of the Delhi traffic police Deepender Pathak said, “The LG has asked DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited) to carry out a feasibility study of the corridors. One has to identify alternate routes for the corridors where such tax is imposed.”

Baijal could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.

According to Delhi government data, the number of cars registered in the city as of May 2017 was 31 lakh — the highest in the country — with a density of 93 cars per km of road. Pollution spikes in the city every winter, forcing officials to resort to stringent measures and declaring public health emergency in the city.

But transport experts say that imposing congestion tax is easier said than done. “First, such a tax can only work if you have a good framework like robust public transport and adequate parking space. Second, you will have to provide alternate routes, and give options to people. Third, one has to be clear about the nature of tax, if it will be imposed on entry to the city, or like London for entering central areas during certain times in the day,” said G Raghuram, a transport economist at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

In London, a congestion fee of P11.50 is imposed on weekdays in a 20-square km area around the city centre for vehicles entering between 7am and 6pm. London uses automatic number plate-recognition cameras at 348 entry sites, and vehicle owners entering the charged zones can either pay online through mobile phones or at specific stores. Singapore follows a similar system.

The Delhi government had toyed with the idea to levying congestion tax in the past. The Aadmi Party government had considered it in 2015 but officials said that one of the main reasons why the plan did not take off was a weak public transport system. Delhi’s bus fleet stands at 5,592 as against the requirement of 10,000.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021.(PTI)
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021.(PTI)

Delhi police registers case against banned outfit Sikhs for Justice under UAPA

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:45 AM IST
Delhi Police has registered a case against the banned organisation Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and other sections of IPC for provoking people for Referendum-2020, demanding a separate Sikh state.
Close
Representational image. (REUTERS)
Representational image. (REUTERS)

Mild earthquake of 2.8 magnitude hits Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:40 AM IST
NCS is carrying out a geophysical survey, analysis and interpretation of satellite imageries and geological field investigations for accurate assessment of seismic hazard in Delhi
Close
A cold wave had swept the city on Tuesday, too, with the minimum temperature dropping to 2.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches below normal.(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
A cold wave had swept the city on Tuesday, too, with the minimum temperature dropping to 2.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches below normal.(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

Cold wave in Delhi, minimum drops to 3.8 degrees Celsius

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:32 AM IST
An IMD official said cold wave conditions are likely on Friday as well. The minimum temperature is predicted to settle around four degrees Celsius.
Close
Dr KK Aggarwal during a live video. (@BlackKn59506535/Twitter screengrab)
Dr KK Aggarwal during a live video. (@BlackKn59506535/Twitter screengrab)

Delhi doctor takes vaccine, angry wife says ‘why couldn’t you take me along’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:31 AM IST
As the clipping has gone viral, the senior physician issued a statement on Facebook saying, “I am aware of a video of myself that is doing rounds and I am glad I provide people with a moment of levity in these tough times."
Close
A view of Supreme Court. (HT Archive)
A view of Supreme Court. (HT Archive)

Delhi riots: State govt prosecutor hiding relevant info, cops tell SC

PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:18 AM IST
According to the Delhi Police, this was not an isolated incident and the same prosecutor had been acting in this manner in other cases too, wherein he had not intimated the special prosecutor or the police officials in the high court
Close
Delhi’s air quality on Wednesday remained under the ‘very poor’ category.(ANI file photo)
Delhi’s air quality on Wednesday remained under the ‘very poor’ category.(ANI file photo)

Blanket of fog shrouds Delhi, IMD predicts minimum temperature of 4°C

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:36 AM IST
The national capital had recorded a minimum temperature of 5.4 °C on Wednesday, three notches below the normal. On Sunday, the maximum temperature had dropped to 15°C, six notches below the normal and was the lowest in January so far.
Close
Farmers load goods onto a truck after the ongoing protest was called off at Chilla (Delhi-UP border) near Noida on Wednesday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Farmers load goods onto a truck after the ongoing protest was called off at Chilla (Delhi-UP border) near Noida on Wednesday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Farmers’ protest: Traffic resumes at Delhi’s Chilla border, others remain shut

UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:29 AM IST
The Noida to Delhi carriageway had been closed since the protesters began their demonstration there. The Delhi to Noida carriageway was open
Close
The entry and exit gates of the Lal Quila metro station will remain closed on Thursday, DMRC said. (File Photo )
The entry and exit gates of the Lal Quila metro station will remain closed on Thursday, DMRC said. (File Photo )

Entry gates of Delhi’s Lal Quila, Jama Masjid metro stations closed: DMRC

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 07:24 AM IST
Security across several places in Delhi has been heightened, especially at the Red Fort and farmers’ protest sites following violence at the tractor rally on Tuesday.
Close
Security personnel at barricades put up at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)
Security personnel at barricades put up at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT photo)

Confusion led to chaos at Ghazipur, says farmer leader

By karn pratap singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:36 AM IST
  • Sunil Choudhary, a farmer from Noida, said he was present near the MCD toll booth on the NH-24 service lane when some farmers began the tractor rally around 9.30am, much before the scheduled time.
Close
The latest published electoral roll by the chief electoral officer of Delhi shall be used for the purpose of these bye-elections, the statement said.(PTI file photo. Representative image)
The latest published electoral roll by the chief electoral officer of Delhi shall be used for the purpose of these bye-elections, the statement said.(PTI file photo. Representative image)

Bypolls to 5 municipal wards in Delhi to be held on Feb 28

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:22 AM IST
The bypolls will be held for two wards under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and three under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), the State Election Commission of Delhi said in a statement.
Close
The tea shack is also special because it has survived the drastic changes South Extension has undergone over the recent years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
The tea shack is also special because it has survived the drastic changes South Extension has undergone over the recent years.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Delhiwale: A South Extension survivor

By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:07 AM IST
  • A modest establishment that has outlived a great number of landmarks in the area.
Close
With the turnout seeing an increase since the 53.3% recorded during the nationwide roll-out on January 16, more vaccination sites are likely to be opened from Thursday.(AFP)
With the turnout seeing an increase since the 53.3% recorded during the nationwide roll-out on January 16, more vaccination sites are likely to be opened from Thursday.(AFP)

Vaccination turnout dips to 80.8% after 91% got Covid jabs on Monday

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:26 AM IST
  • An out-of-schedule vaccination drive was conducted on Wednesday in Delhi to make up for Republic Day holiday.
Close
Farmers at Ghazipur on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Farmers at Ghazipur on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Nationwide public meets, fast on Jan 30: Protesters

By shiv sunny, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:22 AM IST
  • At the press conference, the leaders also questioned why the Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee (Punjab) was allowed to set up a fresh stage on the police side of the barricades.
Close
A senior PWD official said that steel and iron railings of nearly 200 metres were damaged at ITO, 100 metres of cement railings were pulled down at the Netaji Subhash Marg near Red Fort, and the iron railing on the central verge was broken on Vikas Marg.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A senior PWD official said that steel and iron railings of nearly 200 metres were damaged at ITO, 100 metres of cement railings were pulled down at the Netaji Subhash Marg near Red Fort, and the iron railing on the central verge was broken on Vikas Marg.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Property worth crores destroyed, still gauging damage, say officials

By Soumya Pillai, Ashish Mishra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:19 AM IST
  • Public Works Department (PWD) officials said the damage estimation process began almost immediately, but estimates peg it at nearly 1 crore.
Close
Both parties also ended up identifying a man named Amrik Singh, who purportedly shared photos and videos on social media and claimed to have taken part in the violence at Red Fort.(Amal KS/HT Photos)
Both parties also ended up identifying a man named Amrik Singh, who purportedly shared photos and videos on social media and claimed to have taken part in the violence at Red Fort.(Amal KS/HT Photos)

AAP spars with BJP over violent twist to farm rally

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:06 AM IST
  • The BJP said wifi connections provided by aap were used by ‘miscreants’ to spread misinformation on social media.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP